Archives for December 2012

Continuing Education Announces Schedule

The Arkansas Tech University Department of Continuing Education has announced the classes it will offer this spring.

Nearly 40 courses will be offered this spring, and the classes focus on a variety of interests including fitness, cooking and using an iPhone.

Lisa Cochran, director of continuing education at Arkansas Tech, says the Department of Continuing Education will offer a wide range of classes that are designed to appeal to a variety of interests.

Visit the Arkansas Tech Department of Continuing Education website to access the complete schedule of classes (PDF) and for information on how to register.


Seniors Offer Messages of Thanks

Dozens of Arkansas Tech University seniors stopped before both the 10 a.m and 2 p.m. commencement ceremonies Saturday to record a message of thanks.  The messages were recorded backstage prior to the start of the ceremonies and gave the graduating students an opportunity to thank those individuals who had helped them achieve their degree from Arkansas Tech University.

Access photos from the 10 a.m. ceremony.

Access photos from the 2 p.m. ceremony.


Press Conference Introducing Monica Tuesday

Raymond MonicaArkansas Tech University will host a press conference on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to formally introduce Raymond Monica as its new head football coach.

The event will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300. The public is invited to attend.

Monica was chosen and announced as the 16th head football coach in Arkansas Tech history on Thursday. He succeeds Steve Mullins, who resigned as head coach on Nov. 15 and remained with Arkansas Tech as its director of athletics.

A native of Garyville, La., Monica was head football coach at NCAA Division II member Kutztown University (Pa.) from 2006-2012.

He led the Golden Bears to a cumulative overall record of 45-34, two NCAA Division II Playoffs appearances (2010 and 2011) and their first Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference championship (2011).

Prior to his appointment at Kutztown, Monica served as an assistant coach at the University of North Alabama and Temple University. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health, physical education and recreation from the University of North Alabama in 1990.

Monica and his wife, Linda, are parents of Ray (17), Lindsey (14) and Austin (6).

Arkansas Tech will play its 99th season of intercollegiate football in 2013. The Wonder Boys have an all-time record of 531-351-41 (.598), and Tech is one of 10 NCAA Division II football programs with 530 or more all-time wins.

The Wonder Boys became the first football program in Arkansas to earn three NCAA Division II Playoffs berths (1999, 2004 and 2009), to host an NCAA Division II Playoffs game (2004) and to win an NCAA Division II Playoffs game (2004).

Arkansas Tech was 5-6 overall and 3-5 in the Great American Conference during the 2012 season.

Arkansas Tech Students Aid Local Small Businesses

College of Business students at Arkansas Tech University learned more about the banking industry by partnering with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center.

Students enrolled in Dr. Marc Fusaro’s money and banking class, which is a theory-based class aimed at helping students understand the banking and finance industry, worked with local small business owners to research financing options.

“Students enrolled in the class are learning about a variety of concepts including interest rates, the financial markets, how banks work and monetary policy,” said Dr. Fusaro, assistant professor of economics and finance.

Students in the class also had the opportunity to experience the classroom concepts in the business world through a partnership with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, which has a regional office at Arkansas Tech.

“By partnering with the ASBTDC, students were able to apply the concepts discussed in class to help a small business client understand available financing options,” said Fusaro. “The partnership was a positive one for all involved, as it gave students the opportunity to put what they’ve learned into practice, and it provided a useful service to small businesses in the community.”

For the assignment, students were divided into groups and were assigned to work with an ASBTDC client.  Each group met with their client, researched financing options available and offered a recommendation about what financing options were most beneficial.

Ronda Hawkins, training coordinator for the ASBTDC, said the students and the small businesses taking part benefitted from the partnership.

“The Small Business and Technology Development Center aims to help small business owners by providing a multitude of services,” she added.  “By partnering with students in the Arkansas Tech College of Business, we were able to assist several small business owners by providing customized financing information that was suited to their specific needs.”

Fusaro said several of the students enrolled in the class enjoyed the opportunity to interact with members of the community.

“Multiple students mentioned how much they enjoyed the project,” said Fusaro.  “They all said they learned quite a bit about the finance industry, and by working with the ASBTDC, they were also able to help local businesses at the same time.”

The project, according to Fusaro, also has other benefits that will help students prepare for a career in the business profession.

“The College of Business tries to ensure our students are prepared for a career in the field,” said Fusaro. “When these students obtain a business position after they graduate, these are the types of issues they will face.  Having an understanding of these type of issues will help the students be prepared for success.”

Each semester the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center seeks area businesses that match faculty needs for class projects.  The projects are free for participating businesses.  Any faculty member or local business interested in a project can contact the ASBTDC.

The regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas Tech serves Conway, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Pope, Scott, Sebastian and Yell counties.

For more information about the services offered by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech, call (479) 356-2067 or visit

For more information about the Arkansas Tech University College of Business, call (479) 968-0233 or visit

Commencement Day at Tech

Arkansas Tech University honored several hundred graduates during two commencement exercises at the John E. Tucker Coliseum today.

During the 10 a.m. ceremony, students graduating  from the Graduate College, the College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Applied Sciences were honored.

Students graduating from the College Business, the College of Education, the College Natural and Health Sciences, the College of Professional Studies and Community Outreach and all associate degrees were recognized during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Access photos from the 10 a.m. ceremony.

Access photos from the 2 p.m. ceremony.

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